Spring Summer 2019 Print Trend: Portraiture

In the age of selfies, our latest spring summer 2019 might not come as a surprise to you. Lo and behold, we’re grinning ear to ear ‘cause this trend is all about putting on a pretty face. Whether you prefer Fragonard or a modernist black and white line drawing, the focus here really is a portrait print as your central theme. We’ll also advocate narcissism, so that self-portrait makes the cut too.

Gucci’s absolutely-freaking-gorgeous spring summer 2018 campaign toys with this theme. The photo-realist campaign in collaboration with Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal essays a “Utopian Fantasy” that’s striking images reinvent old paintings with modern muses. The campaign also resulted in a few splurge-worthy tees that are anything but basic.

If artistic paintings are a tad bold for you, then take a modernist and minimalist approach with line-drawn sketches (flashback to Stella McCartney’s PreFall 2014 collection and Jill Sanders SS10 shirts). Also, we’re mildly obsessed with the prints seen on Aartivijay Gupta’s SS18 collection that was a medley of portrait sketches, children’s drawings and realistic colour-renderings. Set against simple silhouettes, these styles are arty and easy-breezy, exactly how summer brunches should be.

For spring summer 2019, we mostly see portraits in prints and embroidery. While we’re still debating whether the trend leans towards pre-modernist art or simpler line-drawings, we want to know what you think. Which style won’t just be another face in the crowd? Do tell.

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